Press Release

Montréal Pride in Kenya

Foundation of an Executive Committee to Hold a Western Kenya Pride

Montréal, April 26, 2018 – A delegation representing Montréal Pride traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, to meet the leaders of a dozen organizations working – mostly in the shadows – with sexual and gender-diverse clients (SGD).

These activists have shown great courage in agreeing to share their history and life experience in a country which remains resistant to the advancement of LGBTQ+ rights, in order to draw a realistic portrayal of the current situation there.

As a result of the discussions, they decided to form an executive committee that will work to hold this year’s first edition of a Western Kenya Pride.

Present at this meeting was Her Excellency Sara Hradecky, High Commissioner to Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda, who took the time to explain how Canada would be able to support the actions of the Executive Committee and to invite leaders of LGBTQ+ organizations from Kenya to the Canadian Embassy on May 17, 2018, as part of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Éric Pineault, President of Montréal Pride, Jean-Sébastien Boudreault, Vice-President, and Esther-Léa Ledoux, Administrator, say they are extremely touched to have been able to witness the creation of this Pride. “It was with great emotion that we listened and understood the different testimonies of these everyday heroes. We are proud that a concrete result will come from this meeting, notably the first ever Western Kenya Pride happening in a few months. Montréal Pride will offer them as much support as possible and will organize various fundraising activities as well.” affirmed Éric Pineault.

Montréal Pride leaders travel annually to a country considered “hostile” to sexual and gender-diverse people to support activists working in the field, and to offer a helping hand when asked by local community leaders. They met Kennedy Orlango, of the Man Against Aids Youth Group organization, at an InterPride conference in Indianapolis in 2017, and following several exchanges, selected Kenya as a destination. Kennedy will be one of the co-chairs of the Montréal Pride Festival this year.

About the Montréal Pride Festival
Since 2007, at the initiative of Montréal’s LGBTQ+ communities, the Montréal Pride Festival has promoted their rights and celebrated their cultural wealth and social advances. The largest gathering of the communities of sexual and gender diversity (SGD) in the Francophone world works locally on a daily basis while serving as a beacon of hope for people living in LGBTQ+ hostile regions of the globe. In 2017, the festival generated a total attendance of 2.7 million visitors. In 2018, the festivities will be held from August 9 to 19. More information is available on the web page, the Facebook page, as well as Twitter and Instagram accounts.

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François Laberge
Communications Director
[email protected]
Telephone: 514 903-6193, ext. 3523

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